This past week, good friend Capt. Mike Makowski was passing through on his way back to florida from australia. We got to get out for a couple hours to chase after some bonefish. The tide was very high so we went to a spot that needs plenty of water for the fish to get in. With heavy cloud cover we started at the lightest part of the flat i could find. As soon as we got a few shots, a massive storm moved in and we decided to relocate. With the full moon just passing, the tide moved out very quickly and tails popped up everywhere. The action was nonstop and he did manage to stick one very large fish but the hook pulled at the first part of a blistering run. He's caught plenty of bonefish and was glad to fool one in the very tough conditions.
I am very excited to be able to get out of the boat and wade for bonefish. In the florida keys, nearly all the flats are very soft turtle grass making for impossible wading conditions. Here, the bottom is very hard and i have found perfect wading on all tides. It just amazes how close you can get to tailers and mudders and how long you can fish them without spooking!
This week i will be out with Capt. Terry Duffield [aka Coach Duff] doing a photo shoot for a top flyfishing magazine and will have much more to report. This is the slowest time of the year for Hawaii but the fish are there and ready!
We are coming into some of the best tides of the month the next few days with low water at first and last light. I like to go all day with a short break around lunch. This is a game of odds and if you feed enough of these pigs good things do happen. So be rested as 10 hours plus wading is commonplace!
Honolulu Fishing Forecast:
The full moon phase has passed and low tides will be at first light. this is my favorite setup! High water in the middle of the day when light is over head makes for excellent shots at cruising fish on the deeper flats. Shallow flats will have tailling fish at the higher water. Tailers will be extremely busy at first and last light as well!